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5 Facilities Win 2014 IPM Partner Awards For Pest Management

November 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Orkin, LLC | News | Comments

With the ever-evolving audit standards, it is crucial to keep pest management at the forefront of facility operations and audit preparation. These five companies have successfully done so and were named winners of the 2014 IPM Partner Awards.

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

Some notable advancements have included the assembly line, telephone, fax machine and the Internet. Today, there is a ubiquitous technology poised to revolutionize how business is done: the smartphone… but NOT for the reason you may think.  

Lawsuit Against Capital Brewery Dismissed

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson has dismissed a lawsuit by minority shareholders against Capital Brewery which claimed misconduct by company executives. Anderson says the minority shareholders haven't shown they had standing to sue.    

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This Thanksgiving: Bring on the Turkey, Not the Food Safety Incidents

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Keri Dawson | Articles | Comments

Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season. Faced with these statistics, food companies are under significant pressure to strengthen their quality and safety measures.

Kellogg Facility to Open in Tennessee

November 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Economic development officials in Jackson, Tennessee have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city. The company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the facility is completed.     

Mondelez to Invest $24M to Expand Confectionery Plant in Turkey

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Mondelez International, Inc. | News | Comments

Mondelez International, the world's pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, announced plans to invest $24 million to increase capacity of its state-of-the-art plant in Gebze, Turkey, to support growth in the company's global confectionery business.

Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

Air Filter Cartridge

November 13, 2014 8:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This air filter cartridge allows operators to realize substantial cost savings in their total plant ownership by reducing power consumption, enhancing efficiency and doubling the time between change-outs. 

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Durable Floor

November 13, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This product is an effective solution where durable, stain and wear resistant floors are required; bakeries, dry process areas and packing lines. 

Colbert: The Adventures in Snackology

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" brings the news of a scientific breakthrough giving millions of Americans hope for a better tomorrow: Dorito-flavored Mountain Dew. PepsiCo delivers on its promise to "drinkify" snacks by unveiling this odd hybrid.

J.M. Smucker's Stock Drops After Disappointing Profit, Sales Outlook

November 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker, maker of Jif, Pillsbury and Hungry Jack, lowered its guidance for fiscal 2015 as customers recoiled from rising prices for its coffee brand, Folgers. Its preliminary second-quarter forecast also disappointed Wall Street and shares slid more than 3 percent.

Frozen Bread-Maker Fined $47K For Exposing Workers to Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 9:54 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by OSHA along with a $47,600 penalty.

Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 12, 2014 9:28 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.                 

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 9:15 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?               

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

Chobani Launches Incubator For Emerging Food Startups

November 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Chobani | News | Comments

Chobani plans to open the Chobani Food Incubator, a first-of-its-kind program to invest in and cultivate emerging food entrepreneurs. The Incubator will invest in, support and scale young and growing companies inspired by Chobani's belief in making nutritious food.

Former CEO of Artificial Sweetener Plant Sentenced to 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground.

Growing Number of Pot Shops Face Antagonism From Neighbors

November 11, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbors, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 11, 2014 2:42 pm | by Mark Adair, Avid Solutions | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?  

Pros vs. Cons of Mobile-Payment Systems

November 11, 2014 10:34 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC reader on the merchant's payment system.    

6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Danielle Iera, Marketing Coordinator, TPC Wire & Cable Corp | Articles | Comments

Nearly every type of manufacturer faces increasing regulations aimed at everything from ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. While many regulations may be beneficial to consumers, each regulation adds an additional burden to the company.

Hellmann's Seeks Justice vs. 'Just Mayo'

November 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word "Mayo" in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators and dictionaries define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs. The suit claims false advertising for labeling its egg-free product "Just Mayo."

Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Up 5.2 Percent This Year

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. With a year-to-date total of $3,738.72 million, 2014 is up 5.2 percent compared with 2013.     

Dean Foods Soars on Strong Results

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods Co. shares soared Monday after the dairy company reported a much smaller loss than expected for its third quarter and projected a profit for the fourth quarter and a smaller loss than expected for the full year.       

How Current Plant Breeding Trends Are Affecting Changes in Food Processing

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Hughes Equipment Company | Articles | Comments

Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             

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